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Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, 10:23 p.m.

NFL officials were sure they'd get the Super Bowl finished Sunday night.

And if they couldn't, the league championship still would not have ended where it temporarily stopped, with less than two minutes gone in the third quarter.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday the Superdome had a backup power system that was about to be used during the Super Bowl's electrical outage. It wasn't needed because power started coming back, he said.

NFL vice president of business operations Eric Grubman said Goodell has the “sole authority” to enforce any contingency plans.

Record betting

Sports fans bet a record $98.9 million at Nevada casinos on the Super Bowl. The Gaming Control Board said unaudited tallies show 183 sports books made $7.2 million on the action. The 49ers started out as a five-point favorite but the Ravens won 34-31.

No record ratings

CBS's Super Bowl telecast drew a smaller audience than the past two record championship games.

Last year's contest between the Giants and the Patriots drew a record audience of 111.3 million. The prior year's game between the Packers and the Steelers attracted 111 million.

Lions' Young released

The Lions released wide receiver Titus Young. Young was banished from the team in November for what Jim Schwarz called unacceptable behavior and was later put on injured reserve. Young also was told to stay away from the team during its last offseason for punching teammate Louis Delmas.

Bengals activate Joiner

Rookie linebacker Brandon Joiner was activated by the Bengals after completing a prison term. The Bengals signed Joiner as an undrafted free agent last year, knowing he would be going to prison in Texas over a robbery that led to his indictment in 2008.

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